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Operation: This procedure is used to improve sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, and redraping skin. This is most often done on men and women over 40.
Operation Time (estimate): The whole process takes several hours.
Anesthesia/Pain Control: Patients are either under local with sedation or general.
Location: Usually outpatient. Some patients may require short inpatient stay.
Side effects (Possible): Some patients may experience temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin as well as tight feeling and dry skin. Male patients have a permanent need to shave behind their ears where beard growing skin is repositioned.
Complications (Possible): Possible injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent) may occur. Other possible complications include infection, bleeding, poor healing, excessive scarring, asymmetry or change in hairline.
Downtime: Patients can go back to work in 10 to 14 days and participate in more strenuous activity in 2 weeks or more. Bruising will take 2 to 3 weeks to fade and patients must limit their exposure to the sun for several months.
Duration of Results: Results usually last 5 to 10 years.

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